Non-fiction and historical fiction can especially benefit from timelines. When reading a story that takes place in a historical setting or learning about authors, it is necessary to understand the context. A timeline can help establish important events and attitudes during a specific era. Here is an example of a timeline made using Storyboard That for Elie Wiesel's "Night".
"Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning. The tragedy of man is that he doesn’t know how to distinguish between day and night. He says things at night that should only be said by day."- Elie Wiesel
“Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night ever-thing is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the say takes on a new and deeper meaning.”
Check out these paired passage suggestions for Wonder by R.J. Palacio! All texts are available free at www.CommonLit.org and come with CCSS-aligned questions, discussion guide, vocabulary, related media, and more.